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Pope’s call for ecological action focus of cross-disciplinary talks

January 21, 2016 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. “On Care for Our Common Home: Philosophical, Practical and Theological Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Eco-Encyclical” will take place at Vanderbilt University Divinity School starting Jan. 22. The series of cross-disciplinary talks is designed to spark community conversations on Pope Francis’ environmental letter. Pope Francis explicitly addresses “every person living on...... KEEP READING »

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Harnessing the power of computers to create a sustainable future

January 11, 2016 — Harnessing the power of computers to help create an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future – that is the purpose of a major new grant issued by theNational Science Foundation to a new network of universities and organizations that includes Vanderbilt University. The five-year, $10 million grant is part of NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program...... KEEP READING »

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Are you the Greenest Group on Campus?

December 31, 2015 — VU Athletics, the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Waste Management, Inc. are looking for the greenest group on campus during this year’s Basketball Athletics Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP hospitality event for 20 people, 20 tickets to the game, an autographed item from Vanderbilt athletics, and on-court recognition...... KEEP READING »

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Power down for the holidays

December 15, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Before you leave campus for the holidays, please take a moment to shut off lights and appliances, unplug electronics and lower thermostats.  Would you like to reduce your impact even more this holiday season? Here are a few additional tips to make your holiday a little greener this year. Food...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering, partners awarded $3.5 million from ARPA-E for transformational energy technology

November 30, 2015 — Read the Research News @Vanderbilt story here. A new $3.5 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researchers’ efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid – a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power...... KEEP READING »

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Students from award-winning Whites Creek academy visit school’s wind-solar demo site

November 30, 2015 — Read the full story here. When Whites Creek High School students and teachers looked for a ground-mount solar cell installation to visit, they didn’t have to go far. It’s a mere 15 miles to the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s wind-solar energy demonstration site at the top of Love Circle, one of the highest points in...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt offers new environmental sociology major

November 24, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt’s Department of Sociology this year launched its new environmental sociology major, the first environmental and sustainability studies major outside the sciences at Vanderbilt and one of the first such majors in the country. “Sociology developed the major in environmental sociology to provide students with more options,” said David Hess,...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Web Communications named greenest group on campus

November 24, 2015 — Vanderbilt Web Communications won this year’s football sustainability competition and was named the ‘greenest group on campus’ this football season. This competition is sponsored by Waste Management Inc., Vanderbilt Athletics and the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO). The group celebrated their win with a catered tailgate and an on-field award ceremony at the...... KEEP READING »

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Universities should lead in developing solutions to global challenges, chancellor says

November 19, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Universities should be leaders in developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing our global society, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said Nov. 16 at the annual Global Action Summit. “Our mission is to serve humanity, and to do that, we have to look at the constellation of issues that face us...... KEEP READING »

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Green the season: Holiday waste reduction tips

November 13, 2015 — In honor of America Recycles Day, celebrated each year on Nov. 15, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) has some tips for reducing waste and making your holiday season more sustainable. Americans throw away 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than other parts of the year, resulting in about 1...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt researchers helping to build a futuristic, sustainable city

November 11, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt Magazine story here. Bouncing along a red-dirt road peppered with a few terrifying embankments, a Vanderbilt delegation arrives at an empty hilltop meadow carpeted with prairie grass and cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence. Other than a few bored cows, the only cue indicating the destination is a lone sign reading “Sterling...... KEEP READING »

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Alumni Hall earns LEED Gold certification

November 10, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt News Story here. Alumni Hall has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its recent renovation and addition. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States. Alumni Hall, which was originally constructed...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt designated a Bicycle Friendly University

November 5, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. Read the League of American Bicyclists story here. The League of American Bicyclists has named Vanderbilt University and Medical Center a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) at the bronze level. With this designation, Vanderbilt becomes one of 127 BFUs in 42 states and Washington, D.C. As defined by the league, bicycle...... KEEP READING »

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Slay energy vampires this Halloween

October 26, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. As little ghosts and ghouls prepare to come out in search of Halloween treats, be sure you don’t have any silent menaces lurking around your office or home tricking you into using more energy! Energy vampires are electronic devices that slowly suck energy when they are turned off but still...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down almost 30 percent per square foot

October 20, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 18 percent from its peak in 2008 and by 13 percent overall from calendar years 2005 to 2014, according to the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office’s latest annual GHG inventory. Taking into account Vanderbilt’s significant growth...... KEEP READING »

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